Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk romped to emphatic victories on Match Day 3 of the European Champions League, when a record 40 goals were scored on a faithful Tuesday night.
Shakhtar’s Luiz Adriano needed 17 record minutes to score four goals en route to equaling Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a Champions League game with five strikes, as the Ukrainian champions spoiled the recently opened Borisov Arena with goals.
Premier League leaders Chelsea also recorded their biggest ever win in Europe’s elite competition, humbling Slovenian visitors Maribor 6-0.
Bayern stunned one of the best teams in the Serie A Roma securing their biggest ever away win in Europe to maintain a 100 per cent record.
CSKA MOSCOW 2-2 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw concede by the same margin behind closed doors at CSKA Moscow’s Khimki Arena in Tuesday’s early evening kick-off.
Sergio Aguero placed the visitors ahead on 29 minutes and the hardworking James Milner doubled the English champions’ advantage 8 minutes after the half-hour mark.
Substitute Seydou Doumbia converted from close range five minutes after the hour mark and Bedras Natcho leveled for the host late on after Doumbia tumbled in the goal area under a challenge from Alexander Kolarov.
City have now recorded just two points from three rounds of matches and are yet to win a game. For CSKA, who sits bottom of Group E with just a point, the draw puts an end to a run of seven successive Champions League defeat.
ROMA 1-7 BAYERN MUNICH
Arjen Robben (brace), Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri were all among the goals as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pulled five points clear of Roma at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Dutch winger, Robben opened scoring nine minutes after kickoff, dribbling Ashley Cole to cut inside and found the far corner with a precise effort.
Muller teed up with Gotze, who deep a precise shot into the corner from outside the 18 yards on 23 minutes. Lewandowski powered home a header from a Juan Bernat cross from the left two minutes later.
Robben snuck behind Cole to bury his second of the night and Muller made it 5-0 from the penalty spot with just 36 minutes on the clock- more goals than Roma had conceded so far in the Serie A this season.
Gervino headed a consolation for the Giallorossi but Franck Ribery chipped a delicate finish over goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis before substitute Shaqiri reacted quickest to collect a rebound by the Roma goalkeeper and complete scoring.
A win for the Bavarians in the return leg of this fixture in a fortnight’s time guarantees their passage into the knockout stage.
APOEL 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Edinson Cavani’s winner was sufficient for French Ligue 1 champions PSG to maintain their unbeaten start to their 2014-15 European championship campaign.
The Uruguayan striker broke the deadlock in the 87th minute, twisting away from a defender before stroking a short under Apoel goalkeeper.
Laurent Blanc’s side top Group F on seven points while APOEL, who drew with a AJAX three weeks ago, have just a point.
BARCELONA 3-1 AJAX
Barcelona moved four points clear of Ajax and a point behind leaders PSG. In-form Neymar increased his tally for the Catalans in his last five appearances to seven with the opening strike at the Amsterdam Arena.
Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead on 23 minutes, turning in Andres Iniesta’s tailored pass, to move level on 69 goals with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and within two of Spanish striker Raul in the race to top the Champions League all-time leading scorer.
Ajax scored a late consolation through teenage forward Anwar El Ghazi, but the hosts restored their two-goal advantage through their own young substitute Sandro Ramirez.
The match was a happy reunion for Ajax coach Frank de Boer and Barca’s Luiz Enriques, who both played at the Nou Camp between 199 and 2003.
SCHALKE 04 4-3 SPORTING
New Schalke boss Roberto Di Mateo got off to a winning start in his first European game in charge at the Gelsenkirchen as the German side edged Portuguese visitors Sporting Lisbon courtesy of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added time penalty.
The Royal Blues, placed second in the group, now have 5 points from a possible 9 and visit the Sporting two weeks from now.
Manchester United loanee Nani stunned the home crowd on 17 minutes, when he was left unmarked at a corner near the edge of the area to deliver a low shot through a crowded defence into the net from a João Mário low corner kick. The strike was the Portuguese’s second in Europe this season.
Maurício was shown a second yellow card for an careless aerial challenge on Marco Höger to leave the visitors a man down just 33 minutes in.
Chiinedu Obasi leveled scores from the resulting Dennis Aogo’s free kick a minute later, the Nigerian’s header going under goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Obasi then turned provider for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who converted his third in a third group game on 51 minutes.
Nine minutes later, the home team’s captain Benedikt Hoewedes looked to have sealed three points, rising high to head home Kaan Ayhan’s free-kick, but ten-man Sporting got a leverage three minutes later when Ayhan brought down André Carrillo in the box.
Adrien Silva converted the subsequent penalty and, with 12 minutes remaining, headed in unmarked at the far post.
The match was poised for a stalemate end before Schalke were awarded a spot kick which substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting poked in.
CHELSEA 6-0 MARIBOR
Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea as the west London outfit recorded their biggest Champions League win at home to Maribor.
Loic Remy placed the Stamford Bridge outfit on ascendancy in the 13th minute but it was to be his last contribution after sustaining a “muscular injury” while scoring and was replaced by Drogba.
Drogba then converted a penalty before captain John Terry tapped in a Cesc Fabregas cross just after the half-hour mark.
Mitja Viler scored an own goal on 54 minutes to increase the ‘Blues’ advantage to 4-0 and Eden Hazard scored a penalty before curling home Chelsea’s sixth on the stroke of full-time.
Agim Ibraimi hit the post from 12 yards for Maribor, who sits rock-bottom of the standings with just a point.
The win restored Chelsea’s confidence in reaching the round of 16, with Jose Mourinho’s side sitting top with seven points, two ahead of Sporting.
BATE BORISOV 0-7 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
Shakhtar equaled the record for the biggest away win in the Champions League history in the demolition of Bate Borisov. The Ukrainians equaled Marseille’s win at MSK Zilina in 2010 as Brazilian striker Adriano scored five.
The win saw them move second on five points, two behind leaders Porto.
PORTO 2-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO
Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Tuesday via Ricardo Quaresma’s 75th-minute winner. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera left it late in the first-half to break the deadlock for the Portuguese hosts, but Guillermo Fernández restored parity on 58 minutes when his nimble footwork allowed him space to slide the ball into the corner.
The Basque side sit bottom of the group with just a point while Bate have three points from three games.